COMPREHENSION TEST
518. The three major components of the global environment            524. The word incredible in the passage means
        are                                                                 (1) unbelievable (2) phenomenal
        (1) food, energy and population.                                    (3) tremendous (4) inexhaustible
        (2) high standard of living, crowding and inflation.         525. Nature has made man realize the fact that
        (3) land, water and air.                                            (1) humans who rule the planet are the most powerful
        (4) plants, animals and mankind.                                         beings on Earth
519. Depletion of fossils and fuels, pollution of air and water             (2) the largest and the smallest species are equally
        and deforestation will never occur in case of                            tough and strong
        (1) improper use of resources.                                      (3) the large creatures emerge victorious from the
        (2) planned use of resources.                                            struggle for survival
        (3) unplanned use of resources.                                     (4) the smallest creatures are the toughest and most
        (4) over use of resources.                                               adaptable
520. We face the three fundamental problems that are                       Directions (526–530) : In the following questions,
        (1) inflation, deforestation and unemployment.              you have a passage with 5 questions. Read the passage
        (2) population, deforestation and energy.                   carefully and choose the best answer to each question out
        (3) population, inflation and food.                         of the four alternatives.
        (4) population, food and energy.                                                               (SSC Multi-Tasking (Non-Tech.)
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     Directions (521–525) : In the following questions, you
have a brief passage with 5 questions following the passage.               Peter Pan is a character created by Scottish novelist
Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to            and playwright JM Barrie. A mischievous boy who can fly
each question out of the four alternatives.                         and who never ages, Peter Pan spends his never-ending
                                                                    childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as
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                                                                    the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with
                                                                    mermaids, Native Americans, fairies, pirates, and
         As the rulers of the planet, humans like to think that
                                                                    occasionally ordinary children from the world outside of
it is the large creatures who will emerge victorious from the
                                                                    Neverland. In addition to two distinct works by Barrie, the
struggle for survival. However, nature teaches us the
                                                                    character has been featured in a variety of media and
opposite : it is often the smallest species which are the
                                                                    merchandise, both adapting and expanding on Barrie’s
toughest and most adaptable. A perfect example is the
                                                                    works. Peter Pan first appeared in a section of The Little
hummingbird, which is found in the Americas. One species
                                                                    White Bird, a 1902 novel written by Barrie for adults. The
of hummingbird known as the bee hummingbird ranks as
                                                                    character’s best-known adventure debuted on 27 December
the world’s smallest and lightest bird and it is barely visible
                                                                    1904, in the stage play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t
when it is in flight.
                                                                    Grow Up. The play was adapted and expanded somewhat
         Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly               as a novel, published in 1911 as Peter and Wendy.
backwards. They feed mainly on the nectar of flowers, a
liquid that is rich in energy. Nectar is an ideal food source,                        SOME IMPORTANT WORDS
for hummingbirds need an incredible amount of energy to                (1) mermaids (N.) : a creature with a woman’s head
sustain their body metabolism. A hummingbird’s wings flap                  and body, and a fish’s tail instead of legs
at a rate of about 80 times per second and its tiny heart beats
more than 1000 times per minute. This is why they must              526. What are the other activities of Peter Pan, the age-
consume relatively large quantities of food. In the course of              less boy who can fly ?
a day, a hummingbird consumes about half its body weight                   (1) Interacting with ordinary children from outside
in nectar.                                                                      Neverland
 521. Which of the following statements about the bee                      (2) Interacting with fairies and mermaids
         hummingbird is true ?                                             (3) Interacting with J. M. Barrie
         (1) It could fly high beyond the clouds.                          (4) Interacting with mermaids, native Americans,
         (2) It cannot be seen when it is in flight.                            fairies, and ordinary children from outside
         (3) It is obviously visible when it flies.                             Neverland
         (4) It escapes our sight when it is in flight.             527. Peter and Wendy was a _______.
 522. Hummingbirds need a lot of energy in order to                        (1) play                     (2) novel
         (1) sustain a steady rhythm of heart-beat                         (3) short-story              (4) film
         (2) win in the struggle for survival                       528. J. M. Barrie’s creation, Peter Pan, featured-in addition
         (3) maintain their body metabolism                                to play in _______.
         (4) flap their wings and fly backwards                            (1) novels
 523. The hummingbirds are exclusive in the sense that                     (2) novels, media and merchandise
         (1) they consume half their body weight every day                 (3) media and merchandise
         (2) they can fly backwards                                        (4) None of the above
         (3) they subsist only on nectar                            529. Mermaids are legendary aquatic creatures with
         (4) their pulse rate is more than 1000 per minute                 (1) body of a fish and tail of a spaniel
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